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Japan To Order New Combat Vehicles In 2024

PoliticsJapan To Order New Combat Vehicles In 2024

The Type 16 MCV (pictured above taking part in Fuji Firepower demonstration 2018 at the Combined Arms Training Center, Camp Fuji, Gotemba, Japan) is designed for high-speed self-deployment, enabling JGSDF rapid deployment regiments to quickly reach areas threatened by amphibious landings. (Janes/Kelvin Wong)

The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) will procure two new vehicles based on the Type 16 8×8 wheeled Mobile Combat Vehicle (MCV) in 2024, a Japan Ministry of Defense’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) spokesperson told
in early March.

In the fiscal year (FY) 2024 plan, the MoD has allocated JPY24.2 billion (USD164 million) to procure 24 infantry combat vehicles (ICVs) and JPY8 billion to procure eight manoeuvre mortar combat vehicles (MMCVs) for the JGSDF, the spokesperson said. Both vehicles are based on the Type 16 MCV.

The MoD intends to sign a contract with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) in FY 2024 to procure the ICVs and MMCVs, and the delivery of vehicles will start in 2027, with the final delivery in 2028, the spokesperson added.

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